The 10 Most Dangerous And Worst Neighborhoods In Louisville, KY

The most dangerous and worst Louisville neighborhoods are California and Hallmark for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Worst Neighborhoods In Louisville
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Louisville’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Louisville.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Kentucky thanks in part to tons of entertainment and jobs, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Louisville. Some neighborhoods aren’t as safe as others.

So the question arises, which Louisville neighborhoods are the most dangerous and which are the safest?

Today, we’ll use Saturday Night Science to determine which Louisville hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Louisville area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Tyler Park ranks way above the rest.

We examined 62 of Louisville’s neighborhoods to find out the most dangerous places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Louisville’s reputation.

Table Of Contents: Top 10 | Methodology | Summary | Table

The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Louisville For 2024

  1. California
  2. Hallmark
  3. Park Duvalle
  4. Park Hill
  5. Portland
  6. Russell
  7. Shawnee
  8. Iroquios Park
  9. Chickasaw
  10. Prestonia

So what’s the worst neighborhood to live in Louisville for 2024? According to the most recent census data, California looks to be the worst neighborhood in Louisville.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Louisville that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods In Louisville For 2024

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Population: 3,845
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,099
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,226
Median Home Value: $49,400 (2nd worst)
Median Income: $26,266 (worst)
More on California:  Data

Ah, California. Gorgeous ocean vistas. Serene coastal breezes. Thriving international cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Just an amazing place to call home.

But wait…that’s the state of California. This is the California section of Louisville. Better forget the sea views and world-known restaurants. Instead, you’ve got a poverty-stricken area located a quick 10-minute drive from downtown.

Don’t believe us about the poverty part? Well, just look at the statistics. You’ve got an unemployment rate of 12.0% and a median income of $26,266.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 542
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,959
Property Crime Per 100k: 10,398
Median Home Value: $84,733 (15th worst)
Median Income: $29,949 (9th worst)
More on Hallmark:  Data

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Population: 3,720
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,222
Property Crime Per 100k: 8,595
Median Home Value: $79,817 (12th worst)
Median Income: $28,360 (5th worst)
More on Park Duvalle:  Data

Park Duvalle is located along I-264 in the southwestern part of the city, not far from the Ohio River. True to its name, the area actually has a couple nice parks. You’ll find Russell Lee Park and Algonquin Park.

The neighborhood also has a great sense of history. The name itself comes from Lucie DuValle, the first woman to serve as the principal of a high school in the city.

Still, economic problems weigh the area down. Park Duvalle counts as the number 3 worst neighborhood in Louisville because of its high unemployment and low incomes. Specifically, the jobless rate reaches 9.6% and the median income comes in at $28,360.

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Population: 4,196
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,075
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,090
Median Home Value: $55,643 (3rd worst)
Median Income: $28,998 (7th worst)
More on Park Hill:  Data

Park Hill sounds nice enough. Who wouldn’t want to live in a park, located at the top of a hill. Beautiful hikes, with a majestic view of the city below. Perfect, right?

Well, not quite. Parks are actually pretty rare in the neighborhood. What will you find instead of inviting green space? Well, not good-paying jobs. Those are pretty rare around here as well.

Just look at the unemployment rate: 11.4%. Meanwhile, everyone else has to make due with low wages. The median income only tracks at $28,998.

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Population: 9,614
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,099
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,226
Median Home Value: $47,418 (worst)
Median Income: $28,538 (6th worst)
More on Portland:  Data

Do the folks in Louisville constantly dream of the West Coast? This list also contains a neighborhood called “California.” Now, we’ve got one known as “Portland.” Seems like a pattern is forming. If you’re a property developer in Louisville, maybe consider names like “Seattle,” “San Diego,” or “Vancouver.” You should get a lot of interest from the locals.

Of course, it all makes sense. If you lived in this Portland, you might develop a West Coast fantasy as well. In their everyday life, locals face a 8.9% unemployment rate and a $28,538 median income. With those stats, a move out west suddenly seems ideal.

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Population: 7,497
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,099
Property Crime Per 100k: 6,226
Median Home Value: $55,957 (4th worst)
Median Income: $27,644 (3rd worst)
More on Russell:  Data

Sitting just west of downtown, Russell theoretically represents a prime location. A 10-minute drive will take you to the heart of the city. Meanwhile, the Ohio River stands just a few blocks to the north. If you want a road trip, you can jump on I-64 and be out of Kentucky in a matter of minutes.

Escape in either direction might be a good idea. There isn’t much waiting for you in Russell. Like so many neighborhoods on this list, a lack of economic opportunity spawns a serious poverty problem. Unemployment hits the double-digit range, while median incomes can’t top $20,000.

Still, at least homes are affordable. The median home value equals a mere $55,957.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 11,016
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,827
Property Crime Per 100k: 10,878
Median Home Value: $73,575 (8th worst)
Median Income: $30,966 (11th worst)
More on Shawnee:  Data

Some parts of Shawnee offer a picturesque spot to spend some time. Nestled into a bend in the Ohio River, west of downtown Louisville, it features plenty of green space along the water. You’ve got the namesake Shawnee Park, an excellent place for a weekend hike. If you want something more exciting, you can hit the links at the Shawnee Golf Course.

So far, so good. However, as you’ve probably guessed, problems start to mount as you travel away from the river. These mostly come in the economic category. A median income below $30,000 and double-digit unemployment undermine Shawnee’s good points.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 1,361
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,497
Property Crime Per 100k: 11,002
Median Home Value: $141,650 (29th worst)
Median Income: $39,828 (24th worst)
More on Iroquios Park:  Data

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Population: 5,521
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 992
Property Crime Per 100k: 5,620
Median Home Value: $77,211 (10th worst)
Median Income: $31,075 (13th worst)
More on Chickasaw:  Data

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Population: 1,110
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,062
Property Crime Per 100k: 12,528
Median Home Value: $111,950 (20th worst)
Median Income: $45,264 (28th worst)
More on Prestonia:  Data

To the northeast of Prestonia, you’ll find the Audubon Country Club. That might make you think of this as a classy area, dominated by manicured grass and fresh air.

Hardly. Just look in the other direction. Prestonia sits at the intersection of I-65 and I-264, a web of asphalt and traffic. Cross that and you’ll end up at the airport, source of jet-fuel fumes and high-decibel accelerations.

Plus, you’ve got the usual economic problems. The median income is relatively strong at $45,264, but the unemployment rate remains elevated at 5.2%. Meanwhile, despite the heavy emphasis on transportation, Prestonia sits a good distance from downtown Louisville, limiting the local access to amenities.

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous Louisville neighborhoods in 2024

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We plugged the following criteria into Saturday Night Science to get the worst neighborhoods in Louisville:

  • High crime (Estimated)
  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criterion into a “Worst Score.”

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the most dangerous neighborhood of Louisville.

The article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. We updated this article for 2024. This report is our time ranking the worst neighborhoods to live in Louisville.

Skip to the end to see the list of all 62 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

Summary: The Worst Neighborhoods Around Louisville

Well, there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Louisville with California landing at the bottom of the pack.

The worst neighborhoods in Louisville are California, Hallmark, Park Duvalle, Park Hill, Portland, Russell, Shawnee, Iroquios Park, Chickasaw, and Prestonia.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Louisville aren’t all bad. Tyler Park takes the cake as the best place to live in Louisville.

The best neighborhoods in Louisville are Tyler Park, Belknap, Highlands, Deer Park, and Hayfield Dundee.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Most Dangerous Neighborhoods To Live In Louisville For 2024?

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 California 3,845 $49,400 $26,266
2 Hallmark 542 $84,733 $29,949
3 Park Duvalle 3,720 $79,817 $28,360
4 Park Hill 4,196 $55,643 $28,998
5 Portland 9,614 $47,418 $28,538
6 Russell 7,497 $55,957 $27,644
7 Shawnee 11,016 $73,575 $30,966
8 Iroquios Park 1,361 $141,650 $39,828
9 Chickasaw 5,521 $77,211 $31,075
10 Prestonia 1,110 $111,950 $45,264
11 Hazelwood 2,226 $104,400 $34,922
12 Jacobs 5,199 $88,283 $37,726
13 University 2,885 $130,233 $27,879
14 Algonquin 6,845 $68,225 $30,768
15 Parkland 6,365 $61,988 $36,239
16 Soutland Park 1,069 $122,450 $32,386
17 Irish Hill 1,664 $174,475 $46,582
18 Taylor Berry 6,060 $80,012 $36,000
19 Wyandotte 4,319 $70,560 $40,015
20 South Louisville 2,942 $74,975 $37,856
21 Limerick 1,060 $363,267 $31,052
22 Kenwood Hill 1,904 $146,367 $35,644
23 Camp Taylor 1,262 $78,300 $48,462
24 Iroquois 3,789 $107,320 $43,829
25 Phoenix Hill 4,535 $176,050 $27,346
26 Shelby Park 2,724 $106,850 $38,532
27 Clifton 2,864 $178,875 $53,005
28 Wilder Park 2,274 $84,533 $31,434
29 Paristowne Point 369 $166,400 $50,268
30 Beechmont 8,361 $118,062 $48,301
31 Smoketown Jackson 2,590 $139,200 $36,608
32 Southside 5,636 $117,867 $52,078
33 Butchertown 881 $184,267 $51,603
34 Bowman 2,046 $258,133 $83,548
35 Brownsboro Zorn 1,707 $146,100 $94,903
36 Bashford Manor 4,862 $127,367 $42,525
37 Clifton Heights 4,910 $149,325 $53,439
38 Bon Air 5,910 $159,750 $58,263
39 Germantown 3,799 $208,367 $58,611
40 Poplar Level 1,488 $180,400 $91,206
41 Klondike 4,886 $151,357 $60,629
42 Old Louisville 10,201 $280,010 $29,259
43 Saint Joseph 3,395 $134,500 $52,220
44 Gardiner Lane 1,498 $248,700 $75,718
45 Cloverleaf 3,967 $137,400 $51,400
46 Schnitzelburg 4,150 $170,440 $64,487
47 Cherokee Triangle 3,951 $421,760 $59,734
48 Hikes Point 2,768 $192,614 $71,520
49 Hawthorne 1,926 $210,100 $62,872
50 Bonnycastle 2,080 $435,025 $74,157
51 Rock Creek Lexington Road 1,764 $305,500 $84,889
52 Audubon 3,748 $175,117 $58,368
53 Crescent Hill 7,285 $309,843 $66,632
54 Highlands Douglas 3,066 $357,683 $80,872
55 Avondale Melbourne Heights 2,535 $217,750 $59,558
56 Cherokee Gardens 858 $567,200 $147,854
57 Cherokee Seneca 1,628 $449,200 $105,002
58 Hayfield Dundee 2,163 $241,300 $76,672
59 Deer Park 4,138 $275,700 $89,347
60 Highlands 1,482 $196,050 $58,970
61 Belknap 5,008 $315,133 $103,968
62 Tyler Park 2,570 $332,660 $74,213
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.